Purpose of this Session
The second coming of Jesus Christ is spoken of abundantly in the New Testament. Christ’s second coming is a key doctrine, and even more so as the day rapidly approaches.
1. The two men in shining garments spoke of Christ’s coming again. (Acts 1:10-11)
2. Jesus Himself foretold His coming again. (Matthew 16:27; 24:1-25:46; Luke 17:22-37; 21:1-33; John 14:3; 21:22-23; Revelation 1:7; 16:15; 22:20)
3. Peter spoke of Christ’s coming (Acts 3:19-21; 2 Pet. 3:3-10).
4. Paul spoke of it. (1 Thess. 4;15-17; Titus 2:13; 2 Thess.1:7-10; Heb. 9:28; 1 Cor. 11:26; 15:22-23)
5. James spoke of it. (Jam. 5:7)
6. John wrote an entire book about it, and also spoke of Christ’s coming in each of the other books he wrote. (John 14:3; 1 John 2:28; 3:2-3; Rev. 1:7 22:7,12,20)
7. Jude refers to it, quoting the prophecy of Enoch. (Jude 14-15)
8. It is worthy of note that every time a believer celebrates the Lord’s Table, he is “showing forth the Lord’s death until He come”. (1 Cor. 11:26), remembering both the first and second coming of Christ.
There is no doubt among any honest Bible scholar that Jesus Christ is certainly coming again, evidenced by a host of verses. There is however controversy over exactly when and how this cosmic event will take place.
Although various schools of thought hold various positions, all schools generally agree about the following events, or variations of them, which are to take place in connection with Christ’s coming.
All of the these are certainly important signs of the Lord’s coming and call all true believers to be prepared for His return.
“He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?” Matthew 16:2-3
The Scriptures show that there are two prophetic streams pertaining to Christ’s coming at the end of the age:
¨ Darkness will increase.
¨ Light will increase.
Both the mystery of iniquity and the mystery of godliness are coming to maturity in these days.
“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.” (Isaiah 60:1-3 KJV)